Light as air

Need some spring/summer knitting inspiration? As the weather has been warming my mind drifted to a glorious little piece of linen that I had on the needles. I can’t believe I started this Linum Tee last July and didn’t finish it till now. I kept thinking I must have started it in late August and that explains my indifference come fall, but I had it on the needles for the majority of the summer. It just doesn’t make sense. linumI love the swoop at the top. I used Shibui Knits Linen in Fjord. I altered the gauge a bit and used size 3 needles. I used the numbers for the 48″ size and ended up closer to the 38″ size with my 26 sts over 4″ gauge. I was initially hoping to be able to wear this without an undershirt, but I doubt that will be possible regardless. I think the gauge ended up being better for this delicate chain-plied yarn. It seems like it could easily snag, so maybe a tighter gauge will keep it safer.

linum-3This was an enjoyable piece to knit. I think one of the reasons I may have put it down is that it was a knit that I would have to look at often to work on because I sometimes snagged the chain ply as I knit it. linum-4I added waist shaping. I decreased with mirrored ssk (left leaning) and k2tog (right leaning) decreases every other round. The pattern did not include waist shaping, but I thought it might be nice in such a flowy top. I only did them on the back. linum-2I did try this on and it fit over my preggo belly, but I thought dressmaker dummy pictures would be easier to get quickly. It gives me hope that I’ll be able to wear this post-pregnancy fairly quickly, and I can easily wear it over the soon-to-be-endless nursing tanks.

I was able to take these pictures mostly sitting down or moving little. I’m on bed rest till next Friday, rather than next Tuesday or Wednesday like I thought. I can do it. I can do it. I must keep telling myself that while trying not to focus on the beautiful weather or flowering spring trees I’m missing outside. Now I must go finish another warmer weather knit, a Vitamin D I started last September.

Fisherman’s rib on a blue wave

In the midst of a few secret and public projects, I forgot about my Linum Tee.  I’ve been so excited about fall knits like Coda and a secret sweater project I’ve been working on, that it completely slipped my mind that I have a fabulous lightweight linen top that is perfect for this unabating August.  linumSeymour is an expert project inspector. I’ve altered the gauge to be about 26 sts over 4 inches, hoping this will be a top that won’t require an undershirt for casual wear.  It will depend on how low that wave on the front of the fisherman’s rib dips when wearing it, of course.  I’m making the 48″ size, and it should end up around 37″.  That way I don’t have to think about altering numbers and I get the size I want.

I’m ready to do the short rows and neck bind off at this point.  It requires too much focus to be taken to work for breaks or meetings, so it will be an evening and weekend only project from now on.

linum-2Really, Seymour isn’t even a little impressed.

Experimental curves

linum-2My Linum Tee is growing up and getting curves in new places.  This pattern doesn’t include waist shaping, so I’m experimenting a bit.  I decided to keep all the shaping on the back, and I decreased and increased in a somewhat dramatic hourglass.  It will be interesting to see how this fits when worn.  I decreased a total of 22 stitches, or about 3.5 inches in my altered gauge.  I’m knitting this project on a 3 in hopes of making it solid enough to wear without a layer underneath, so my gauge is closer to 26 sts over 4 inches.  linum-3The Shibui Linen seems easier to work with than the last time I knit with it.  Maybe I’m just getting used to the feel of it, but I find myself catching the individual strands of the chain ply much less than I did before.

I’m about to get to the interesting part…

Happy 4th!

To folks in the United States, Happy 4th of July!  To everyone else, Happy Friday!  Either way, it’s a good thing.

I’ve been taking a little break from my Waterlily.  I have the lace done until the neck shaping on the front (so I’m very close), but it became too much of a thinking knit for the weekdays, so I cast on a Linum Tee in some Shibui Linen in the meantime.  The color is Fjord.  This might be the last summer tee I knit for myself this season unless some pattern just smacks me in the face with its awesomeness (feel free to enable in the comments).  I believe Shannon will start a Summer Sweater KAL  sometime this month and I want to be ready to tackle a fall garment without too many summer knits haunting my needles.  linumI am making a few mods to this pattern.  I am knitting it on a size 3, going down several sizes to hopefully produce a fabric that will allow me to wear this casually without a tank underneath all the time.  To do this, I just cast on the size 48″, which will let me follow the numbers without changing much else, due to my smaller gauge.  I will add a little waist shaping as well, as I often do.

Hope everyone has a safe and happy Friday and 4th of July!